recording of Island Nights' Entertainments by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Read in English by Tony Addison
A marvelous depiction of two sides of South Sea Islands' life through three separate tales. One, the experience of the incoming British keen to live free and exploit the innocent; the other the supernatural as perceived by Stevenson working in the lives of the natives. One tale carries the germ of the story of Madame Butterfly, since become a part of Western culture. Another is an extraordinary retelling of a German horror story transposed to a South Sea Island setting. The last is an effort of the pure Stevensonian imagination and there can be nothing better. - Summary by TONY ADDISON
For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), please go to the LibriVox catalog page
for this recording.
For more free audio books or to become a volunteer reader, visit LibriVox.org
.M4B Audiobook (158MB)
February 16, 2016
A Grim Set of Entertainments
These three excellently stories, admirably read (particularly the first story), have nothing of flower scented romance about them. despite the title. The first story is a sharply etched character study of a brutal (and believably racist man) who nonetheless takes a native wife, and turns into a better man as a result (He doesn't completely reform -- the ending is gong to grate on some pc ears, but its ralistic). The other two tales are stories of curses and wizardry that are tense and a little unnerving.
I particularly like the voice the reader chose for the first story -- it fits the character narrating the tale beautifully.